Although you may prefer to take your pet with you wherever you go, sometimes it isn’t practical. Emergencies sometimes happen, and it’s essential that you know what to do and where to go if you need to board your pet. Here are some guidelines.
The Right Kennel Service
If you decide to board your pet, choose a facility that suits your pet. Some dog kennels offer resort services, such as training, group playtime and grooming, while others restrict dogs to individual kennels except for scheduled exercise with staff. Some facilities offer cats space to move around, while others confine them to cages near barking dogs.
Don’t rely on recommendations or phone calls. Visit boarding facilities well in advance before you need them. If you know what’s available nearby, you are prepared when travel emergencies arise.
Be sure the areas where the pets are boarded look and smell clean. Check the availability of fresh water and the facility’s sanitation procedures. Be sure the kennel requires immunization of all residents.
Pets sometimes wander off to look for their absent owners. Check out the kennel’s gates, fences and overall grounds with your pet’s individual size, strength and proclivities in mind.
Be sure that the living areas do not contain any dangerous objects and that strong dividers between individual cages protect your pet from other animals.
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